Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood and have become quite prevalent in all parts of the world. Therefore, you may be upset, anxious, and disappointed if you discover that your residence has them, but probably not surprised. Getting bed bugs does not mean that your place is unclean, it just means that you were somewhere with an infestation and probably brought them back to your home.
While it is recommended that you call a professional pest control company to get rid of them, below are tips you can try to get stop the infestation yourself or at least mitigate their presence until the area can be treated.
Bed bugs can be killed with extreme temperatures. You can get rid of them by freezing them however cooler temperatures must be maintained for at least two weeks. As a result, heat is usually the chosen method as bed bugs can die within 20 to 90 minutes when exposed.
At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, wash all clothing and linens in your washing machine on the hottest setting possible. Throw everything in the dryer, also on the hottest setting. Anything that is too big to be laundered should be immediately steamed or placed outside in the sun for a few days.
2. Remove clutter
Your home may be clean, but in order to get rid of bed bugs, rooms need to be tidy as well. Bed bugs like to hide in clutter until such as time that they think it is safe to feed on your blood or that of a pet’s.
A major step in getting rid of the bed bugs you have is removing the clutter that acts as havens for them. Having a lot of things for bed bugs to hide in will also make it difficult for you to locate them to eliminate them. Therefore, you need to do a sweep of your home and get rid of garbage and any belongings that have sat unused for extended periods of time.
3. Perform checks
If you are planning on taking steps on your own to eradicate bed bugs from your home, chances are you will have to treat most if not all belongings as well as all rooms to be safe. However, it helps to know which areas to concentrate more on and the best way to do this is perform checks to see which areas are more infested.
To see where the most bed bugs are concentrated, look at areas such as your mattress, box spring, bed frame, and night tables. Dismantle these items if possible as doing so will coax the bed bugs out and you can then kill them. Also check couches and sofas, paying close attention to any crevices and folds in the furniture where bed bugs could hide. When performing these checks use a flashlight as sometimes the insects can be difficult to see.
4. Use bed bug spray
While heat is a great way to get rid of bed bugs in individual items, an infestation involves the insects infiltrating who rooms as well. Therefore, you need to treat each room in your residence and this can be achieved with insecticides made especially for the eradication of bed bugs.
To treat the rooms in your home, mix an insecticide labelled for bed bugs with water in a pump sprayer. Bed bugs are known to hide in baseboards, window frames, and door frames so paying close attention to these areas will give you the best chance of killing the bed bugs.